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Financial Aid: Workshop organizers deserve praise for event

Graduates in the classes of both 2020 and 2021 faced unprecedented challenges — some of which made the idea of continuing their educations in college more daunting than ever. We know applications for scholarships and other financial aid decreased as students who might normally have had the full support and resources of their schools’ guidance departments were instead left largely to their own devices.

That leaves a lot of money on the table, and officials in West Virginia are hoping to do something about that Saturday, June 12.

Across the state, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first College-Bound Saturday workshops will be held to guide students through the process of finding state and federal financial aid, and navigating the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“West Virginia offers more than $100 million in state financial aid each year to help students and their families pay for college,” said Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor for Higher Education. “Through our inaugural College Bound Saturday events, we want to help our state’s students learn more about how to access these funds and the programs that might be the best fit for them. The first phase is always filing the FAFSA, and we’ll be ready to help them complete that critical step — so they can stay on track for college in pursuit of their dreams.”

Local students can get help at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, or Salem University in Salem, but they’ll need to register here: cfwvconnect.com/college-bound-saturday, and take a look at what documentation they should bring with them to fill out the FAFSA.

Kudos to organizers who found a way to help more students get the push they need to further their education. Here’s hoping Saturday’s event will put a little more of that $100 million to good use.

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